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What should I be discussing with my academic advisor?

Your faculty advisor at NOC is a key recource to your academic planning and success. Get the most out of this relationship by meeting regularly and taking an active role in your academic planning. Your advisement appointment is about much more than scheduling your classes! Here are a few things you should be discussing with your advisor: short-term and long-term goals, career aspirations, and academic challenges and barriers, as well as sharing your successes and victories.

Am I in the correct major for my career and transfer plan?

Sometimes a student’s chosen degree program isn’t the best fit for their career path or transfer school. Be sure you talk to your academic advisor about the requirements for your 4-year degree and what potential careers it could lead to.

Am I on track with my graduation requirements?

Don’t wait until your last semester to check on your graduation requirements. Some degrees require carefully sequenced courses, which, if not taken in a certain semester, may delay graduation. Meeting graduation requirements is ultimately YOUR responsibility — make sure you are familiar with your academic program and plan your semesters carefully!

Will my credits transfer to my chosen 4-year university?

Just because you are meeting your degree requirements for NOC does not necessarily mean you are meeting those of the transfer institution, especially if it is in another state. Therefore, it is important to be familiar with the requirements of the transfer program. However, NOC does have transfer agreements with many Oklahoma four-year institutions, which guarantee transfer of earned credits for courses listed on those agreements. Additionally, you can look for transfer equivalencies for specific courses from one Oklahoma institution to another on the OSRHE transfer matrix.

When should I decide on my transfer college?

You should contact your transfer college at least one year in advance. Beginning that conversation will help ensure that you have all the information you need before you graduate from NOC and prevent you from missing important deadlines.

What should I be discussing with my transfer institution?
  • What GPA is required for acceptance into your school?
  • When are the application deadlines for your institution and my program of study?
  • How do I find the degree sheets and advisor information for my program of study?
  • What is the total number of transfer credits that your institution will accept?
  • Do my accepted credits meet degree requirements at your school?
  • Are there any other courses I can complete at NOC that will meet program requirements at your school?
  • What transfer scholarships does your school offer?
What does "reverse transfer" mean and how do I do it?

Reverse transfer is for students who have completed at least 15 credit hours at NOC and transferred to another college before completing their associate’s degree. Reverse transfer allows students to transfer credits they have earned at another institution after attending NOC back to NOC and have those credits reviewed and approved to meet the requirements for an associate’s degree at NOC. All you have to do is submit a request at your transfer institution for your official transcript to be sent to NOC and complete an NOC Graduation Application.

What is the benefit of getting my associate's degree before completing a bachelor's?

An Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree will satisfy most general education requirements at Oklahoma 4-year institutions, which will allow certain requirements to be waived. This will potentially save you time and money!